Benefits & events

Rabbi Capers Funnye of Be’chol Lashon and Ben Robinow celebrate Sukkot at Osher Marin JCC in 2009.

Harvest festival, Marin-style

For Sukkot, the Osher Marin JCC will bring the community together to celebrate health and harvest. Discover the mystical side of worm composting with Urban Adamah, prepare a pedal-powered smoothie with Hazon, shop for local and organic produce at the Marin Community Farm Stand, and participate in a Zumba party. The JCC will be open and free (including the pool), with plenty of opportunities to decorate the sukkah.

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. www.marinjcc.org


saturday/22

Israeli folk dance party. Café Shalom presents monthly dancing and munchies. At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399 43rd Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. www.groups.yahoo.com/group/cafeshalom.

sunday/23

Knitzvah. Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley hosts volunteer knitting and crocheting garments to donate to the needy. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 10:30 a.m. www.jfssv.org.

Friendship Circle training session. For teens interested in volunteering with organization that supports special-needs kids and their families. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 6 p.m. www.fcberkeley.org or (510) 396-4285.

Poetry awards. Reception for winners of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards for poems on the Jewish experience. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 4 p.m. Free. www.magnes.org.

thursday/4

“Wartime Shanghai: A Microcosm of Eurasian Jewish Diversity.” Talk by Jonathan Goldstein, professor at University of West Georgia. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. Free. www.magnes.org.